A growing trend, with growing support.
Dry needling in physical therapy is increasing, but the regulatory landscape is uneven, with the intervention being included in the PT scope of practice in some states and not others.
APTA supports the inclusion of dry needling in regulatory frameworks, accompanied by appropriate educational qualifications for PTs to engage in the intervention.
Feb 13, 2023 / Infographic
This map displays the states that specifically allow dry needling by PTs, states that prohibit the intervention by PTs, and states in which a clear opinion has not surfaced.
May 1, 2015 / Feature
Dry needling by physical therapists is a hot topic. What's fact? What's fiction? Take a look beneath the surface.
Jul 10, 2015 / Report
In 2015, FSBPT set out to define what PTs must know and be able to do to perform dry needling safely and effectively. This study reveals the answers.
Additional Dry Needling Content
Feb 2, 2022 / Article
CMS still isn't paying for dry needling, but it has provided some guidance on how to successfully bill a beneficiary for the service.
Nov 15, 2021 / Article
Topics covered in this article: dry needling payment and telehealth audits.
Oct 7, 2019 /
Joseph Donnelly, PT, DHS , discusses what you need to know about dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome and how physical therapy can work in these areas.
Aug 1, 2018 / Website
This webpage from APTA's consumer-focused ChoosePT.com website provides an overview of the intervention, related equipment used, and the PT's role.
Mar 21, 2018 / Review
Adding trigger point dry needling to an exercise program for patients with chronic shoulder pain may be more cost-effective than exercise alone, according to a recent clinical trial.